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Book Recommendations – Moon-Linked, by Erin Irvin

Werewolves have always been a big interest of mine, and this looks like it may be worth the read. Found in the young adults section, I believe it will be with taking a closer look at even for adults!

Synopsis

Fifteen-year-old March Howe is going through some bizarre bodily changes – the last thing she needs when most people at school already think she’s a freak. Little does she know that those changes are leading her into a supernatural world of strange mysteries and terrible danger. March is a werewolf – but not just a werewolf. She’s the last known female of the species, and that makes her a rare commodity.

Just when the guy of her dreams asks her out, a pack of werewolves invade her house to take her back to their den, where she must be heralded through her first change or risk certain death. Along the way, she meets the dark and handsome Greyson, her only peer in the pack, and is caught up in the dark intrigue surrounding her new “family” and the strange truth behind her existence. Will she fit in this new, magical world better than she does at school? Will she even survive her first change? Or will the power that’s growing inside her destroy her and the entire werewolf bloodline?

In Book One of the Lone March Series, March Howe must choose between mundane and magical, the familiar and the unknown, freedom and responsibility. Will she decide her fate before the last of the werewolves decide it for her?

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Book Review: Jorundyr’s Path, by M. Hamilton (2017).

Review:

Another fantastic novel authored by M. Hamilton, Jorundyr’s Path is the second novel in the Wolf of the North series. We begin by rejoining Wulfric on his quest to carry out a blood debt he believes he owes his lost love Adalhaid. From here we embark on an adventure that takes Wulferic far from home, and he finds himself learning the ways of the world despite himself.

This novel takes off right where it’s predecessor finished. The story is told by the Maesterspaeker and as the story goes, he has returned the following evening to continue his epic tale, so only a minimal explanation is given to catch up readers and remind them of previous events. From here there is a whirlwind of movement and change and Written in a way that keeps readers on the edge of their seats with gripping writing of this story. This time each of the characters take voice in the story, and there is an additional audience member now following the story from the tavern bar. We find our hero becomes more and more famous, and our villain digs a deeper hole for himself, and the plot continues to thicken.

I have found this novel to be another wonderful read. I have loved the adventure, devastation and romance. It’s been extremely difficult to put down and has me extremely excited to read the next book. I recommend this book to adults interested in the fantasy genre. Those who enjoy war and politics would definitely enjoy this series authored by a very talented M. Hamilton. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.

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Synopsis:

Jorundyr’s Path is walked only by the brave. It is survived only by the strong.
As Wulfric pursues Adalhaid’s Blood Debt, he soon learns that the path to revenge is never easy, and the desires of men and the will of gods rarely meet. Aethelman seeks answers to questions long ignored. Rodulf chases power and wealth.
From the streets of Elzburg to the dry plains of Darvaros, Wulfric walks Jorundyr’s Path and encounters a world larger than he could ever have dreamed of: filled with friends, enemies, and danger—the crucible from which heroes are forged. ~ Kindle

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Reading Recommendations – Lady Helen and the Dark Days Deceit, by Alison Goodman (2018).

This may turn out to be a great series. I will have to take a closer look. By the look of this the third book. Great cover if its anything to go by 💙📖📚👀👏👍

Set against a background of glittering Regency society, this thrilling finale to the Lady Helen trilogy hurtles to a shocking conclusion full of passion, betrayal and heartbreak ~ Kindle.

Synopsis

Bath, December 1812.

After the shocking events in London and Brighton, Lady Helen and Lord Carlston are now the newly forged Grand Reclaimer, a dyad of power bonded through blood and death. They cannot, however, yet control this terrifying new force between them. They and their Dark Days cohort have taken up residence in Bath, looking for the Deceiver who can give them the key to wielding their power and help them find their nemesis: the Grand Deceiver.

Helen and Carlston are not only struggling to control their new dyad power. They must also contain their illicit feelings for one another as Helen prepares to marry the devoted Duke of Selburn. The wedding, to be attended by the Queen, is fast approaching and Helen must juggle her imminent life as Duchess with the dangerous and unseemly duties of a Grand Reclaimer.

When an old enemy arrives in Bath bringing death and deceit, the final confrontation between Grand Reclaimer and Grand Deceiver is set into terrifying motion. Can Helen and Carlston finally unleash the power and love between them to save mankind from annihilation?

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Reading Ideas – The Storyteller, by Traci Chee (2018).

The cover of this novel looks very intriguing. Could be worth taking a closer look at.

Synopsis

Sefia is determined to keep Archer out of the Guard’s clutches and their plans for war between the Five Kingdoms. The Book, the ancient, infinite codex of the past, present and future, tells of a prophecy that will plunge Kelanna in that bloody war, but it requires a boy-Archer-and Sefia will stop at nothing to ensure his safety. The Guard has already stolen her mother, her father, and her Aunt Nin. Sefia would sooner die than let them take anymore from her-especially the boy she loves. But escaping the Guard and the Book’s prophecy is no easy task. After all, what is written always comes to pass. As Sefia and Archer watch Kelanna start to crumble to the Guard’s will, they will have to choose between their love and joining a war that just might tear them apart.

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Reading Suggestions – A Rising Moon, by Stephan Leigh (2018).

I absolutely adore the look of this cover 😍

It speaks of magic danger and exciting adventure. Definitely a book I am going to have to take a closer look at. This will most likely end up on my #mustread list I think! 🔮📚📖💙

Synopsis:

“Orla! Hurry, girl! You must come with me!”

Orla Paorach’s life was overturned for the first time when her mother Voada was beaten senseless, and Orla was taken by Bakir, a minor Mundoan army officer, as his second wife. Now her world is shattered a second time: Bakir has died in battle, and so has her mother, now known as the Mad Draoi of the Cateni.

Orla flees northward to Onglse, the island home of the draoi that is the center of the Cateni rebellion against the Mundoa. She becomes quickly embroiled in battle as well as deceptions from both sides of the conflict, as everyone expects that she’s come to take up her mother’s mantle. Those who knew her mother offer their help, but can she trust any of them? Can she avoid becoming the Mad Draoi herself, lost in the magic her mother once tried to wield?

An intense, fast-paced novel, A Rising Moon explores trust, courage, and the deep seduction of power.

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Book Suggestions – Skyward by Brandon Sanderson (2018).

This looks great….

With several plot twists and packed with action… Skyward could be worth checking out 📚 💜 👀 💯 ⭐️

Synopsis:

Spensa’s world has been under attack for hundreds of years. An alien race called the Krell leads onslaught after onslaught from the sky in a never-ending campaign to destroy humankind. Humanity’s only defense is to take to their ships and fight the enemy in the skies. Pilots have become the heroes of what’s left of the human race.

Spensa has always dreamed of being one of them; of soaring above Earth and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with her father’s – a pilot who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, placing Spensa’s chances of attending flight school somewhere between slim and none.

No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, but she is still determined to fly. And the Krell just made that a possibility. They’ve doubled their fleet, making Spensa’s world twice as dangerous . . . but their desperation to survive might just take her skyward . . .

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Book Review – The Wolf of the North by Duncan M. Hamilton (2016).

Synopsis:

It has been generations since the Northlands have seen a hero worthy of the title. Many have made the claim, but few have lived to defend it. Timid, weak, and bullied, Wulfric is as unlikely a candidate as there could be.

A chance encounter with an ancient and mysterious object awakens a latent gift, and Wulfric’s life changes course. Against a backdrop of war, tragedy, and an enemy whose hatred for him knows no bounds, Wulfric will be forged from a young boy, into the Wolf of the North. This is his tale.

Review:

The Wolf of the North is a heroic tale of Wulfric Wolframson, a young boy of Leondorf, a village in the Northlands, whom finds himself a warrior. The story begins with Wulfric as a child and details his growth into adulthood, during which times he overcomes his first foes. It isn’t long before he begins his warrior training and finds himself starting out on a journey he least expects.

I enjoyed the fluent and imaginative prose the story is written in. It makes for a definite page turner and makes the book impossible to put down In certain places. Especially during Wulfric’s warrior training and the events that follow. It is nice to see that there is a little romance in this story, between Adahlaid and Wulfric, which serves to soften the edges of the savage warriors persona. The addition of magic is also a bonus, and it is included in a way that allows it to be part of everyday life for those with the knowledge, but ordinary people can access it with the right knowledge.

Wulfric’s storyline is very fabulous, and watching his growth from young boy to adulthood has been a great read. The author has really made an awesome character who has a heart that is obviously going to place in more danger and difficult situations in the future. I have become very fond of Wulferic within the pages of this novel and I honestly can’t wait to dive into the next novel In the series.

Overall I have found it impossible to find anything negative to say about this book, it has been a joy to read. I would recommend The Wolf of the North, by M. Hamilton to adults who enjoy the fantasy dystopian genre. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.

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Reading Suggestions – The Innocent Mage, by Karen Miller (2010).

Another great book by Karen Miller 💜💯👏⭐️📚

A kingdom of magic with war destroying homes…. Definitely an adventure to checkout 👍👌💫📖🔮

Synopsis

Enter the kingdom of Lur, where magic is wielded by few and others are imprisoned if they dare try.the Doranen have ruled Lur with magic since they arrived centuries ago after fleeing Morg, the mage who started a war in their homeland. to keep their lands safe the Olken – Lur’s original inhabitants – are forbidden to use magic. Any Olken who breaks the law will be executed.Gar has come to Lur’s capital city to make his fortune. He finds himself working in the royal stables and in time becomes a mediator between the Olken and the Doranen. Soon, he will have enough money to return home and set up his own fishing fleet.But there is unrest among the Olken. It has been prophesied that the Innocent Mage will be born, and the Circle is dedicated to preserving the magic of the Olken until the saviour arrives. the Circle have been watching Gar, and as the city streets are filled with Olken rioters, his life takes a new turn …

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Book Suggestions – Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix, by Julie C. Dao (2018).

This looks like a very interesting novel and a part of a series well worth taking a look at💜💯💙📚⭐️

Synopsis

This fairy tale retelling lives in a mystical world inspired by the Far East, where the Dragon Lord and the Serpent God battle for control of the earthly realm; it is here that the flawed heroine of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns finally meets her match. An epic fantasy finale to that breathtaking and dazzling story.

Princess Jade has grown up in exile, hidden away in a monastery while her stepmother, the ruthless Xifeng, rules as Empress of Feng Lu. But the empire is in distress and its people are sinking into poverty and despair. Even though Jade doesn’t want the crown, she knows she is the only one who can dethrone the Empress and set the world right. Ready to reclaim her place as rightful heir, Jade embarks on a quest to raise the Dragon Lords and defeat Xifeng and the Serpent God once and for all. But will the same darkness that took Xifeng take Jade, too? Or will she find the strength within to save herself, her friends, and her empire?

Set in an East Asian-inspired fantasy world filled with breathtaking pain and beauty, Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix is filled with dazzling magic, powerful prose, and characters readers won’t soon forget.

Fans of Stealing Snow, Red Queen, and The Wrath and the Dawn will hungrily devour this page-turning read.

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Book Review: The Locksmiths Daughter by Karen Brooks.

Synopsis.

What if the key to your heart lies in your enemy’s hands?

In a world where no one can be trusted and secrets are currency, one woman stands without fear. 

Mallory Bright is the only daughter of London’s master locksmith. For her there is no lock too elaborate, no secret too well kept. Sir Francis Walsingham, spymaster and protector of Queen Elizabeth – the last of the Tudor monarchs – and her realm, is quick to realise Mallory’s talent and draws her into his world of intrigue, danger and deception. With her by his side, no scheme in England or abroad is safe from discovery; no plot secure.

But Mallory’s loyalty wavers when she witnesses the execution of three Jesuit priests, a punishment that doesn’t fit their crime. When Mallory discovers the identity of a Catholic spy and a conspiracy that threatens the kingdom, she has to make a choice – between her country and her heart. 

Mallory, however, carries her own dark secrets and is about to learn those being kept from her – secrets that could destroy those she loves.

Once Sir Francis’s greatest asset, Mallory is fast becoming his worst threat … and everyone knows there’s only one way Sir Francis deals with those.

Review.

This an absolutely fantastic book that keeps readers gripped to the edge of their seats throughout. A definite page turner. Karen Brooks has written an amazing novel set in Elizabethan England which richly descriptive capturing the era perfectly. The novel is written in first person and we follow Mallory Bright into a fantastic adventure.

I love how in a time of such oppression for women Mallory still fights for what she feels is right. She has to make some really difficult decisions and it is hard to tell in some places what she will really do!

The only difficulty I felt this book had was the slow pace at the start. However, once past this I found it to be something well worth reading.

Overall, I have to say that I enjoyed this novel authored by the fantastic Karen Brooks, and would recommend to adults enjoy the historical fantasy genre. I give this book a rating of 7.5/10 stars.

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